By Philip Vickers
The regiments of the 2d SS Panzer department "Das Reich" have been, besides the "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler," the senior devices of the Waffen-SS. whereas no longer as heavily associated with atrocities as another branches of the SS, they have been a troublesome lot, and spent a lot of the battle at the jap entrance, the place the scuffling with used to be particularly cruel. June 6, 1944 came across the department refitting at Montauban in southwestern France.
Ordered to continue to Normandy to include the Allied landings, the division?s trip changed into a nightmare of ambushes and reprisals, because the column used to be attacked by way of the French Resistance and a few British designated forces devices. SS reprisals culminated within the bloodbath at Oradour, most likely the most important killing of civilians at the Western entrance. the full tale of the SS juggernaut throughout France is roofed the following in the entire element linked to the Battleground Europe sequence, with quite a few illustrations, maps and publications to the websites as they're this present day.
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132–46. 12 G. Schulz, Revolutions and Peace Treaties, 1917–1920. London, 1967, 1972 translation, p. 223. 13 MacMillan, Peacemakers, p. 7. V. ), A History of the Peace Conference of Paris, 6 vols. Oxford, 1920–4, vol. 1, pp. 463–4. Kerr to Lloyd George (no date, c. 23 July 1919), F89/3/11 in the Lloyd George Papers in the House of Lords Record Office (LGP). 15 Quoted by D. Perman, The Shaping of the Czechoslovak State. Leiden, 1962, p. 169. 16 Lloyd George to Tom Jones, 17 March 1919, F/23/4/37 LGP; David Watson, Georges Clemenceau: France.
445. D. Felix, ‘Reparations Reconsidered with a Vengeance’, Central European History (June 1971), pp. 171– 9; Trachtenberg, Reparations in World Politics, pp. 66–8. See Steiner, The Lights that Failed, pp. 182–255 for an excellent overview of the economic complexities of the diplomacy of the period. 22 This figure would need to be multiplied roughly seventy-five times to give a current (2011) equivalent. 23 Marks, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, pp. 337–8. 24 A. Sauvy, Histoire économique de la France entre les deux Guerres, 2 vols.
Yet inevitability is a concept that sits very uneasily with most historians and it must be questionable whether it is reasonable to hold the peacemakers of 1919, the last of whom left office forever in October 1922, accountable for the decisions taken by their successors, who might have followed many alternative turnings on the road that it is claimed led directly from 1919 to 1939. ’12 1914 clearly marked, for many who survived the ensuing cataclysm, the point at which an old world died, but its demise did not remove all of the 20 T h e O r ig i n s o f t h e Se c o n d Wo r l d Wa r problems that had convinced key decision-makers in Europe that the existing international structures must be recast, even if that entailed the risky stratagem of war.
Das Reich: 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich - Drive to Normandy, June 1944 by Philip Vickers